Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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Legislature to decide on Dunleavy appointees tomorrow

Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy’s appointees go before the Legislature tomorrow for confirmation votes.

Union sues to block API privatization plan

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

An organization representing public employees is seeking to block the transfer of management over the facility, saying the move violates state labor laws.

Final Pebble hearing draws mix of views

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.

A sizable minority of speakers – maybe one in three – argued in favor of the mine, saying the state needs the jobs. Others, like Emily Taylor, said the mine threatens the salmon runs of Bristol Bay.

Troopers: Seward man fatally shot 2 men in van

Associated Press

Authorities say a 30-year-old Seward man charged with two counts of first-degree murder told officers he fatally shot two men inside their van after an argument broke out when he told them to leave.

Man held in Mexican jail for 7 years after fleeing state for bank robbery to be sentenced in Alaska

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Federal prosecutors say a former Anchorage bank vault manager who walked away from work one day in 2011 with more than $4 million – then took the cash to Mexico, where he has been jailed ever since – is now set to be sentenced for the crime back in Alaska.

State ferry reshaping study stalls as coastal lawmakers remain skeptical

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A state contract worth up to a quarter million dollars to study the future of Alaska’s ferries is on hold.

3 finalists for Fairbanks Police chief make their cases during public meeting

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Three finalists vying to be Fairbanks next police chief talked about boosting the ranks of the police force and other issues during a Monday night community forum.

Kodiak goat dairy faces an uncertain future amid proposed budget cuts

Kavitha George, KMXT – Kodiak

Governor Dunleavy’s proposed budget would eliminate the state’s only dairy inspector, making it nearly impossible for up-and-coming dairies like Kodiak Baptist Mission’s Heritage Farms to sell milk commercially.

Yup’ik literacy reaches new heights in spelling bee

Johanna Eurich, KYUK – Anchorage

Before it began, it already looked like it might take a while, because there were more contestants than ever in the Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners. But no one thought it would take four hours to narrow the field down to the winners.

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